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Vertical Entertainment Takes the Scenic RouteAfter a very successful run at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, Kevin and Michael Goetz’s Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, has landed itself some distribution. Read on for details.

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Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller SCENIC ROUTE, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1, 2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz’s directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). SCENIC ROUTE first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.

“Josh Duhamel has over one billion dollars in box office to his name, yet somehow finds a role in SCENIC ROUTE, unlike any other he’s had before” said Goldberg. “He truly has brought himself to another level, and paired with the wonderful Dan Fogler, we felt the success of the film couldn’t be questioned in the independent market. We plan on utilizing every platform possible, from theatrical, digital and VOD, physical, as well as all other ancillary markets, to get this film to as broad an audience as possible.”

“Given the ever-changing landscape of domestic distribution, Vertical’s experience, spirited initiative, and resourcefulness simply places SCENIC ROUTE in the best position to find its audience and prosper,” said producer Brion Hambel. “Rich and his team leave no stone unturned…and in a time of slimmer margins, this is paramount to the overall success of an independent film.”

SCENIC ROUTE was produced by Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions (Natural Selection), Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett (Something Real and Good), and Scott Freeman and executive produced by Duhamel, Keith Redmon (Rendition, The Beaver), and Paul Green (Fun Size, The Beaver).

The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey on behalf of Vertical Entertainment and Matthew Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin on behalf of the filmmakers. Premiere Entertainment is handling international sales during the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.

Synopsis
Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Gets Groovy 70’s Sitcom-Style Trailer

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As we all know well and good by this point, the third season of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead is almost upon us.

We’ve been hit with tons of promotional materials these last few weeks and today is no different as we have a sweet 70’s sitcom-style retro trailer for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve been digging all of the fun trailers we’ve seen for the third season, but I have to say this one is my favorite thus far. Love the music and the yellow-ass font.

You can check out the bitchin’ retro-sitcom trailer below and then let us know what you think of Ash: The Sitcom!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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Goblin’s Complete Dawn of the Dead Score Hits Vinyl via Waxwork this Tuesday

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Hell, yeah!

Waxwork Records will be releasing the Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score this coming Tuesday, and today we have all the details, plus pics!

Yes, Goblin’s score for George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is coming to vinyl for the first time in the latest installment in Waxwork’s “Living Dead” soundtrack trilogy.

The release features a 2xLP 180 Gram “Zombie Flesh” Colored Vinyl with artwork By Brazilian Illustrator Butcher Billy, a 12×12 Art Print, and Deluxe Packaging.

You can check out the cover to the right and additional pics of the release, along with the complete tracklisting below. Then let us know what you think!

SIDE A
1. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi
2. Zombi
3. Safari

SIDE B
4. Torte In Faccia
5. Ai Margini Della Follia
6. Zaratozom
7. La Caccia
8. Tirassegno

SIDE C
9. Oblio
10. Risveglio
11. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Alternate Take 1)
12. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 1)

SIDE D
13. Zombi (Sexy)
14. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 2)
15. Zombi (Supermarket)
16. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Intro – Alternate Take 2)
17. Zombi (The Living Dead’s Voices!)

 

Waxwork Records Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score hits February 27th.

BUY IT HERE!

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Body-Horror Frankenstein AKA Larry Fessenden’s New Flick Depraved

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I’m not sure if you guys are aware or not, but legendary horror producer Larry Fessenden is all set to return to the director’s chair with his Frankenstein flick Depraved.

You can check out the film’s poster to the right and a rundown on its cast, crew, and synopsis below.

But today we have a new update on the film as Fessenden recently sat down with Daily Dead and discussed the film a bit more in-depth.

“In a funny way, I want to make all the classics again,” Fessenden told the site. “I’ve made a vampire movie. I want to make a werewolf movie, but Frankenstein is one of the greatest creations of pop culture. The original version is a masterpiece, and oddly enough, it’s a story that hasn’t been done that well since. And it’s often attempted. I feel there’s a core theme in that story that I would like to explore and bring it very much back to this idea of loneliness.”

He continues: “It’s about waking up, and you’re someone, and you don’t know who you are or why you are. And then there’s the question of what brought you into this world. In my story, there will be conflict of the parental figures as the scientist who made him and the other people around him. I’m very interested in the subjective lonely experience of being alive in this world and in this culture, and Frankenstein is such a fantastic, iconic way to look at it. And also, there is the physical body horror aspect to this story, of someone being sewn together, and there’s identity horror, too. There’s so much possibility in it that I’m just overflowing with excitement.”

Are you excited about Larry Fessenden’s return to directing? Let us know below!

Depraved is written and directed by Larry Fessenden and set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. The movie will be produced by Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, and Chadd Harbold.

The film begins shooting this month.

Synopsis:

The contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

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